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An Official Letter from Queen Dawn and a Royal Guard Promotion

Discussion in 'UO Catskills' started by EM Nathael, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. EM Nathael

    EM Nathael UO Event Moderator
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    Captain Olivia Kanlocke had always been an early riser in the morning and eager to face the days challenges ahead. She sat at the edge of her bed, pulling on her boots, and donning the rest of her Royal Guard uniform. Her specific duties this week proved to be exhausting, yet rewarding. She visited each of the major cities in Britannia and spoke directly with the town guard stationed there. It was important for the Royal Guards serving under Queen Dawn to be in regular communication with the town guard garrisons. Her inquiries and meetings with the town guards served as a way to piece together intelligence related to threats that could potentially affect the safety of the entire Kingdom of Britannia. This task was something she had been doing almost bi-monthly for years now in her position as Captain.

    This week however, she also spent time gathering information about the various Royal Britannian Guard contingents that were recently formed in some of the various cities. The Royal Guard had recently deemed it wise to leave a small, permanent regiment of Royal Britannian Guards, in places such as New Haven, Umbra, Wind, and even the Abyss Outpost. The Crown felt, by having a permanent contingent of Royal Britannian Guards stationed in these various cities, any potential threat facing those specific locations would be better handled with the accompanying aid of the local Royal Guards contingent, than by just merely the town guards alone. There was several heated discussions between high ranking officers in the Royal Guard as to whether or not the town guards, and Royal Britannian Guards, could co-exist without too much bickering between the two groups. Thus far, preliminary assessments have shown that no issues have arisen but the situation will be continuously monitored.

    Having donned her uniform, Captain Olivia Kanlocke was now ready to speak with the Royal Guards underneath her direct chain of command, as she did every single morning. She prepared, in detail, the written orders for her subordinates last night before drifting off to sleep, as was her usual routine. She grimaced momentarily, anticipating yet more grumbling from Sergeant Zeke Goldmoon when he finds out what duty she is tasking him, and his patrol, with today. While the young Sergeant has proven himself to be a valiant man on the battlefield, he has yet to prove his worth in his newly appointed position of Sergeant – often lacking the patience needed to lead. She reminds herself to set aside time to speak with the young Sergeant privately, and offer him some helpful advice learned from her many years while serving in the Royal Guards. An officer, especially one as young as the Sergeant, can greatly benefit from the experience and wisdom shared by ranking superiors.

    She snatched up the orders from the writing desk, grabbed her weapon, and was headed outside when the door opened up and a young man appeared. She recognized him immediately as Janus, one of the court couriers that serve Queen Dawn. “Greetings Captain Kanlocke”, Janus spoke. “ Sorry for intrusion this morning, but I was dispatched with utmost haste to find you before you left to speak with your troops. I have a sealed letter here from Queen Dawn that I was instructed to deliver to you.”

    Olivia’s facial expression changed to one of surprise and intrigue as she took the letter from Janus and walked to her writing desk. She paused before opening the letter, looking at it curiously and trying to imagine what message the Queen might have for her. Unable to draw any conclusion of her own, she broke the wax seal, and began reading.

    “Captain Olivia Kanlocke,

    The Kingdom of Britannia is well-pleased to announce that your official promotion to the rank of Commander of the Royal Guards has been finalized and approved by her Majesty, Queen Dawn. An honorary commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 20th at 7:30PM EST in the throne room of Castle British where the promotion will be rendered official. Queen Dawn looks forward to working with you in your newly appointed role and sends her gratitude for your many years of service with the Royal Britannian Guard.

    Sincerely,
    Jair Pratt, Royal Scribe of Queen Dawn”


    After finishing the letter, she immediately re-read it once, and then once more for good measure. Could this really be happening? Several other ranking officers in the Royal Guard were under consideration for the promotion as well. Why was –

    “Captain Kanlocke?”, Janus interrupted her brief reverie. “Will there be anything more?” Olivia closed the letter and placed it in the drawer of her writing desk. “No Janus, nothing more. You may carry out the rest of your day’s business.”, she addressed him and sent him on his way.

    She sat in her chair, lost in thought, thinking about her upcoming promotion and how it would likely change her entire life. As the reality of the situation set upon her mind, she hesitated and had a brief moment of self doubt as to whether she was adequately prepared for such tremendous responsibilities. She quickly realized that all of her training and many years of experience in the Royal Guards would serve her well in the coming days and weeks ahead. A smile pursed her lips. Not a smile born of pride or accomplishment, but a smile for the opportunity to serve Queen Dawn and the Kingdom of Britannia, realizing that she would eagerly accept the challenge.

    Captain Olivia Kanlocke got up from her chair and walked outside. She breathed in the damp morning air and looked up at the cloudless sky momentarily before heading off to meet with Sergeant Zeke Goldmoon and the rest of the troops under her command…

    Event: Royal Guard Promotion
    Date: Sunday, June 20th
    Time: 7:30PM EST
    Where: Castle British (Trammel Facet)